Epoxy resin has become an increasingly popular material for DIY projects, crafts, and home decor. Unlike traditional thick pour epoxy, thin pour epoxy allows you to create seamless coatings and effects with less material.
If you’re looking to resin coat objects, make resin art, or craft gorgeous tabletops, thin pour epoxy is the way to go.
What is Thin Pour Epoxy Resin?
The thin pour epoxy rexins are low viscosity formula that allow you to apply smooth, thin layers of resin. Regular epoxy resin is quite thick and requires deep pours to fully cover objects and surfaces. Thin pour resin has the following advantages:
- Flows smoothly over surfaces
- Self-levels to create flawless finishes
- Cures crystal clear for maximum clarity
- Can be applied in layers as thin as 1/16″
- Uses less material than thick pour epoxy
Thin pour epoxies are ideal for coating and encapsulating objects. They allow you to achieve stunning results with less resin.
Choosing the Best Thin Pour Epoxy
When selecting a thin pour epoxy, you’ll want to consider:
This refers to the thickness of the mixed resin. Most thin pour epoxyes will flow to self-level at around 500-800 cps. Lower viscosity means thinner pours.
Thin powder epoxy typically cures in 24-48 hours at about 72°F. Look for a quick cure time if you need to complete projects faster.
High quality epoxy resins will cure to a crystal clear, glass-like finish. Make sure the resin you choose dries transparent.
Epoxy resins that contain UV inhibitors will resist yellowing and last longer when used for outdoor projects or in sunlight.
Thin-pour epoxy resin averages $40-60 per gallon. Look for good deals, but make sure it’s a brand known for quality.
For most applications, we recommend Counter Culture DIY’s Thin Pour Epoxy. It has a fast cure time, flows to a glossy smooth finish, and remains crystal clear.
How to Apply Thin Pour Epoxy
Applying thin layers of epoxy resin is simple but does require some technique.
1. Prepare the Surface
Epoxy will only bond properly to a clean surface. Remove all grease, wax, dirt, and dust. Sand glossy surfaces to improve adhesion.
2. Mix the Epoxy
The resin and hardener should be mixed according to the directions on the package. Thoroughly stir for 3-5 minutes to activate the epoxy.
3. Pour the Resin
Slowly pour the epoxy over the surface in a thin stream. Spread evenly with a brush or spreader. Pop any bubbles with a torch.
4. Allow to Self-Level
The epoxy will begin to set up and flow smoothly within minutes. Allow it to self-level before moving on to the next step.
5. Apply Additional Layers
For a thicker coating, you can apply multiple thin layers. Before adding the next layer, let the previous layer partially cure.
6. Let Cure
Leave the epoxy to fully harden for 24-48 hours. The surface will be tack-free in 6-12 hours.
7. Sand and Polish
Once cured, you can wet sand with 2000 grit paper to polish the epoxy coating to a glossy finish.
FAQ About Thin Pour Epoxy
Still have some questions? Here are answers to the most common inquiries:
Is thin pour epoxy toxic?
Epoxy resins contain chemicals that can be irritating to the eyes and skin. Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear protective equipment like gloves and a respirator.
How long does it take thin pour epoxy to cure?
Most thin pour epoxies will be tack-free in 6-12 hours and fully cure in 24-48 hours at about 72°F. Warmer temperatures speed up cure time while colder temps slow the curing process.
Can you pour thin layers of regular epoxy?
You can pour regular epoxy resin thinly but it will not self-level as well. The high viscosity makes it difficult to get smooth, consistent coats.
How thick can you pour thin resin?
Thin pour epoxies are formulated to be applied in layers ranging from 1/16″ up to 1/4″ thick. Going beyond 1/4″ can result in uncured areas.
Is pouring epoxy hard?
Using thin pour epoxy resin is surprisingly easy! Just mix, pour, spread, and allow to self level. The resin does most of the work for you. Just be sure to follow all safety precautions.